The City's Ultimate Bad Call

A few times a week, The Husband steps away from his 12th floor office and plays Ultimate Frisbee in Bushnell Park. It’s hard to find a downside: He gets some serious exercise, he breathes actual fresh air, he has fun with a bunch of people he’d not normally meet, and he gives his mind a much-needed break from an otherwise stressful job.

It’s a good example for other downtown workers, who might be motivated enough by these guys running around at lunchtime to take a walk or even a run instead of eating 1000 calories at one’s desk.

It portrays Hartford as a vibrant city: If you’re a young person on a job interview and you see activity in our downtown you might be more inclined to accept the job and maybe even live in the city.

I realize the story of Hartford kicking soccer and Ultimate Frisbee games out of Bushnell Park might not strike you as a parenting-related story. But  it actually is. Having these old guys take the initiative and organize these games is a great example for kids, who often see adults lose interest in sports once they leave school.

It shows that no matter your age, exercise, friendship and fresh air are keys to a happy life.

And teaching our kids that even though grownups sometimes make dumb decisions (sorry, Kevin Burnham) it doesn’t mean those affected should not question authority. My hope is that these renegade athletes fight for their right to use the city’s park and not just admire its pristine grass.

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